Check for wounds

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

CANE Fire Phar­macy owner Kelly Lash has warned ev­ery­one to keep an eye out for any wounds not heal­ing.

Mr Lash has seen 30 pos­si­ble cases of the Dain­tree ul­cer come through his Wonga Beach phar­macy this year and said vic­tims range from the el­derly to young chil­dren.

“The prob­lem is all kids get bit­ten up here and par­ents need to be aware when they start scratch­ing and ex­co­ri­ate the skin with their fin­ger­nails which has dirt un­der­neath them,” he said.

“We sus­pect the in­tro­duc­tion of the my­cobac­terium ul­ceran is from the fin­ger­nails but we don’t know where it’s picked up so they need to be aware of it.

“It’s very un­for­tu­nate most peo­ple deny it’s a Dain­tree ul­cer un­til they have a crater on their body.”

If there are any con­cerns about a wound, it is ad­vised you go see a doc­tor.

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